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Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Pickups & FAAB Advice: Defenses (Week 14)

Dec 5, 2022
Fantasy Football Start/Sit Rankings & Advice: Defense (Week 14)

Check out our top waiver wire targets for Week 14 of the 2022 fantasy football season. And here’s all of our Week 14 fantasy football waiver wire advice.

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Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Pickups to Target

Pittsburgh Steelers: 28% rostered

  • Next opponents: BAL, @CAR, LV
  • True value: $3
  • Desperate need: $4
  • Budget-minded: $2

Analysis: The Steelers become an interesting Week 14 option if the Ravens won’t have QB Lamar Jackson, who sustained a knee injury against the Broncos in Week 13. Baltimore backup Tyler Huntley isn’t awful, but he was sacked 15 times and threw four interceptions in four 2021 starts. The Steelers have forced 17 turnovers this year, and the recent return of edge rusher T.J. Watt from a pectoral injury had made the Pittsburgh pass rush formidable again.

Arizona Cardinals: 9% rostered

  • Next opponents: NE, @DEN, TB
  • True value: $2
  • Desperate need: $3
  • Budget-minded: $1

Analysis: The Cardinals’ defense is more effective in the fantasy realm than in real life. Arizona is allowing 26.8 points per game, more than any other team except Detroit. Yet the Cardinals’ defense ranks 14th in fantasy points per game. Arizona has forced 14 turnovers and ranked sixth in the league in pressure rate going into Week 13. The Cards get a favorable Week 14 matchup against the Patriots, who have given up the seventh-most fantasy points per game to opposing defenses, and then a terrific Week 15 matchup against the hapless Denver offense.

Minnesota Vikings: 45% rostered

  • Next opponents: @DET, IND, NYG
  • True value: $1
  • Desperate need: $2
  • Budget-minded: $0

Analysis: The Vikings’ D is tied for second in the league with 20 takeaways. Minnesota gets a decent Week 14 matchup against Detroit, followed by an appealing Week 15 matchup against Indianapolis, which entered Week 13 having given up the second-most fantasy points to opposing defenses.

Tennessee Titans: 31% rostered

  • Next opponents: JAC, @LAC, HOU
  • True value: $1
  • Desperate need: $2
  • Budget-minded: $0

Analysis: The Tennessee defense wasn’t sharp in a 35-10 loss to the Eagles in Week 13, but the Titans ranked 10th in defensive DVOA and eighth in defensive fantasy points per game before getting whooped in Philadelphia. Tennessee is allowing 20 points per game and has recorded 33 sacks. The Titans have a reasonably decent home matchup against the Jaguars in Week 14 and could come out breathing fire after being embarrassed by the Eagles.

Las Vegas Raiders: 11% rostered

  • Next opponents: @LAR, NE, @PIT
  • True value: $1
  • Desperate need: $1
  • Budget-minded: $0

Analysis: Yes, the Raiders. This is a bad defense that ranks dead last in DVOA. But a Week 14 matchup against the Rams and backup QB John Wolford is what makes Las Vegas a viable streaming option in Week 14. The Raiders are an especially appealing option for the budget-minded, since it’s virtually guaranteed that they can be had for the minimum bid.

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